Autumn 2022: SpokenWord at the Chat Noir every Monday. AWOL writers’ workshop every Sunday.

SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do an open mic night called SpokenWord every Monday at the Chat Noir and an allied writers’ workshop every Sunday. We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list – if it doesn’t work send an email asking to be put on the mailing list to db1066 @ Our Facebook page.

Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive. Acoustic songs also welcome.

Poetry video clips on our instagram at spokenword_paris

SpokenWord Sounds
A taste of Monday nights at the Chat Noir, by Victor. Listen or download here.

Every Monday except August. Come to the Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up at 8pm in the bar. Poetics start 8.45pm underground. More info here. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All languages welcome. 

Check next week’s theme here. Themes are a suggestion to inspire you but you don’t have to follow them. Indeed, many people don’t.

AWOL writers’ workshop

AWOL normally takes place every Sunday evening, 5pm – 7pm at the Chat Noir (76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011). AWOL’s facebook page. Free. Bring your writing or just come and listen and join in the discussion. Hosted by Bruce Sherfield, Simon Millward, Thibaut Narme and Camille Adnot. Friendly and insightful and afterwards you’re welcome to come for a drink. In a previous incarnation this ran for 10 years as The Other Writers Group and AWOL continues that group’s ethos of giving invaluable insightful feedback and providing a supportive space to hone your writing craft. Plus community among writers. Click here for a more detailed description.

Spoken World Online

This open mic is weekly on Tuesdays, an online version of what we do in the Chat Noir, and is hosted by David Leo Sirois. It’s on Zoom. More info at the Spoken World Online Facebook group.

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Emmet O’Brien is Our Special Guest at SpokenWord Paris November 28th! Monday’s Theme: SHRINK

Emmet O’Brien is not your generic poet, bursting into the scene in March 2017, Emmet has done more than your average 24 year old. Within the first 3 years alone he released a book, entitled “A Perspective From The Corrupt Mind Of The Youth” where he discusses various taboo subjects such as substance abuse, religion, and everything to do with the session. The poet was one of the first poets to be published in “District” magazines newsletter, aswell as various videos reaching tens of thousands of views. O’Brien, best known for his video “the North side” is also an event organiser, starting his poetry and music event “Vybrations” in June 2017. it saw incredible success, with amazing artists such as Colm Keegan and Hazel Hogan prefoming at it. The poet extraordinaire then moved on to run a second regular night, called “Phat Cones” which showcased Ireland’s best poets and rappers while educating people on the benefits and positives of medicinal cannabis. The magical wordsmith released his second book, entitled “Yup Ouveh” in May 2018, where copies were sold in both Ireland and the UK, aswell as copies being sold in Nigeria. O’Briens third book, entitled “The Illusion Of Perception ” released in March 2019. A play adaptation of the book was launched in March 19, and the event sold out in less than 12 hours. If that isn’t prolific enough, O’Brien has had many festival shows, playing Electric Picinc, Knockanstockan, Body & Soul, and All Together Now. In 2022, O’Brien had his latest poem “Story bud?” muralised onto the walls of temple bar in Dublin city centre. Most recently, O’Brien has played 2 shows in the Gate Theatre, supporting BAC’s beat boxing adaptation of Frankenstein.

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Kevin P. Gilday is Our Special Guest at SpokenWord Paris, November 14th! Monday’s Theme: VAGUE

Kevin P. Gilday is an award-winning poet, writer and performer from Glasgow. He is the founder of poetry performance collective The Scribbler’s Union and was co-founder of much loved spoken word cabaret night Sonnet Youth. He is a National Theatre of Scotland Breakthrough Writer, a BBC Writersroom Scottish Voice and one of Scotland’s most celebrated contemporary poets. Kevin has performed all over the world, from Hollywood to East Kilbride, including major festivals (BBC 6Music Festival, Glastonbury), Fringes (Edinburgh, Toronto, Vancouver), literary festivals (EIBF) as well as large scale tours of the UK, Europe, the US and Canada. He has supported artists and public figures such as Akala, Saul Williams, George the Poet, Jackie Kay, Liz Lochhead, Sage Francis, The Silencers and Jeremy Corbyn MP. He has published five books of poetry, with his most recent – Anxiety Music – released by Verve Press in September of 2022 to universal acclaim

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Clifton Joseph is Our Special Guest at SpokenWord Paris November 7th! Monday’s Theme: TRAPS

Clifton Joseph is an awardwinning Antiguan born Canadian poet. He was a co-founder of De Dub Poets with Lillian Allen and Devon Haughton, the group that started Canada’s dub poetry movement. An esteemed broadcaster, journalist, writer and musical intervener, Joseph is celebrating the launch of his latest album and book, Shots On Eglinton. Joseph’s work has been included in literary anthologies such as Wheel and Come Again, edited by Kwame Dawes (Gooselane Productions 1988), Walter Rodney: Poetic Tributes by Bruce St John (Bogle-l’Ouverture Press Ltd, 1993), Verbal Rhythms: The Politics of Aesthetics of African Canadian Dub Poetry by Christian Habekost 1993, Dubwise: Reasoning from the Reggae Underground by Klive Walker (Insomniac Press 2005), Black Like Who: Writing in Canada.”

You can find other photos and more info at Clifton’s website

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Jeff Cottrill, Skylar J. Wynter & Neshka Turner Are Our Special Guests at SpokenWord Paris, October 24th! Monday’s Theme: SUSPICION

Jeff Cottrill is a novelist, performance poet and journalist based in Toronto, Canada. He has headlined in numerous literary series throughout Canada, the U.K., the U.S., France and Ireland over the past twenty years. His performance style is influenced by slam conventions, but subverts them with wit, ironic humour and a satirical tone. Over the past year, Jeff has had poetry and flash fiction published in several international anthologies, from New York to Australia. Other short fiction and poems by him have appeared in The South Shore Review and The Dreaming Machine. In March, Jeff launched Hate Story, his seventh or eighth attempt at a first novel, and his poem “This Is Not Real Poetry” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize last year. Jeff likes movies, travel, and puppies.

Skylar J Wynter is the best-selling Author of poetry and flash fiction collection, Pieces of Humanity released in 2020 and is currently on tour to promote her most recent publication, a collaborative collection of art and poetry entitled, Shine.Travelling from Australia with artist, Neshka Turner, Skylar has spent October featuring at events in Aberdeen, Manchester, Derry, Wales, Birmingham, Worcester, Leeds, Leicester, Stamford and Peterborough. Fom Paris, she will be travelling to Derry, Belfast and Letterkenny to wrap up the tour.

Neshka Turner is an emerging Australian artist living in sunny Perth, Western Australia. Born in Poland in the 70s, she was moved to Germany at 14 then to Australia.She has studied art under her mother’s guidance since childhood. Attended Sydney College of the Arts in the 90s. Her career has taken her on a different path before rediscovering creativity in the 2020s.  She has worked in retail, IT, training, HR, adult and children education. Now she illustrates book covers, poems and more. She works in most media, including coloured pencil, charcoal, hard, soft and oil pastels, acrylic, oils. Her subjects are all and many.

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Carrie Chappell is Our Special Guest at SpokenWord Paris, October 17th! Monday’s Theme: BORDERS

Carrie Chappell is the author of Loving Tallulah Bankhead (Paris Heretics 2022) and Quarantine Daybook (Bottlecap Press 2021). Her poems have been published in Iron Horse Literary Review, Nashville Review, Redivider, SWIMM, and Yemassee, and her essays have previously appeared in DIAGRAM, Fanzine, New Delta Review, The Iowa Review, The Rumpus, The Rupture, and Xavier Review. Each spring, she curates Verse of April. She holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans’ Creative Writing Workshop and is Instructor of English at the Sorbonne Panthéon University.

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D.A. ”Roarshock” Wilson is Our Special Guest at SpokenWord Paris, October 10th! Monday’s Theme: FRUIT

D. A. “Roarshock” Wilson is a San Francisco poet, storyteller and spoken word artist. The author of ‘First Hours of a Rainy Day and Other Poems’ and publisher of ‘Roarshock Page’, a literary street flier. He performs regularly, in person and via the social web, and can be found online at

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Rufo Quintavalle is Our Special Guest at SpokenWord Paris. October 3rd! Monday’s Theme: TAXIDERMY

Rufo Quintavalle was born in London in 1978, studied at Oxford and the University of Iowa and now lives in Paris. He is the author of ten books of poetry, the most recent of which, Shelf, is a line-by-line rewrite of Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”. He has taught creative writing at NYU Paris, has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and in 2019 was chosen to represent Paris in the final of the Trans Europe Expression Poetry Slam. Rufo is also an actor; you can see him in Coldhearts: a poetical and Les passagers de la nuit which premiered at the 2022 Berlin Film Festival. He is currently working on the Apple TV+ series, The New Look.

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Anthony Thomas Lombardi is Our Special Guest at SpokenWord Paris, September 26th! Monday’s Theme: CHANGE

Anthony Thomas Lombardi is a Pushcart-nominated poet, editor, organizer, and educator. He is the founder and director of Word is Bond, a community-centered reading series partnered with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop that raises funds for transnational relief efforts, bail funds, and mutual aid organizations, and currently serves as a poetry editor for Sundog Lit. He has taught for Borough of Manhattan Community College, Brooklyn Poets, Polyphony Lit’s Summer Editorial Apprenticeship Program, and community programming throughout New York City. A recipient of the Poetry Project’s Emerge-Surface-Be Fellowship, his work has appeared or will soon in the Poetry Foundation’s Ours Poetica, Guernica, Black Warrior Review, Gulf Coast, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Massachusetts Review, North American Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn with his cat, Dilla.

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SpokenWord at the Chat Noir Sept 5th 2022

Theme – la rentrée/the Return

As always the theme is there to inspire you, and if it doesn’t then feel free to ignore it.

the return to? the return from? the return of? what exactly was/has/will be returned?


back to Paris and the Chat Noir after a summer of wandering, wondering, scheming and squandering? after a summer of adventure, misadventure or just… things to put down to experience and never do again?

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Next SpokenWord at the Chat Noir? Monday 5th September. Meanwhile AWOL writers’ workshop continues every Sunday in July and August.

For more info see post pinned to top of thread.

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